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Where is that Dang "Start New Discussion" button?

Certainly one of the most common questions we get emailed is, "Where is the "Start New Discussion" button. We deal with this question in two of our articles in the Help Topic: "Welcome" and "How to Find Information". However in this article we will only address this question. If you have not read those two articles and you are having a bit of a problem getting around we strongly suggest you read them.

Most simply you will find a "Start a New Discussion" at the bottom of every "List of Discussions" except those lists in the archives. And every page with a article on it has, following the article, a "List of Discussions" with a "Start New Discussion" button at the bottom. So in summary you will find a Start New Discussion button at the bottom of every "Article Page".

It is Best to Start at the Homepage

Often .the best way to find the best "Article Page" to post your question to is to start at the Home Page. Select from the list of topics there that is closest to your concern. Continue to select the best topic from the submenus and within a click or two you will find yourself at an article on your concern. You should take the time to read the article. It almost always answers member's questions and probably has other important information on your topic. However if your question is not answered the article is immediately followed by the "List of Discussions". Review the list to see if your question has been answered before. But if there is not a title that seems to apply to you by the time you get to the bottom of the list of discussions you well then find the "Start New Discussion" button.

But if You Are in a Discussion

Sometimes you may not know exactly how to get to the best article or you may just be in a hurry and so you run a search on your topic. Choose your search terms carefully: if it appears in the title of one of our articles it should come up to the top of the search returns. Often though you will be lead to a discussion. Now how do you find the "Start New Discussion" button? Every discussion is linked backed to a list of discussions, so if you back up one page in the Horseadvice Site's structure you will be at the article and discussion list on your returned discussion. You do NOT do this by using your back button, it will take you back to the search form. Instead use the navigation bar at the top of every page. This bar shows you page by page where you are located with respect to the home page. The next page back is the page with the Start New Discussion button which will be under the article and list of already existing discussion.
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